Genital Herpes - Home Treatment
Home treatment for
genital herpes focuses on relieving symptoms, reducing
the risk of recurrent outbreaks, and helping you cope with a lifelong
To reduce discomfort from herpes sores:
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Genital Herpes Medications Chart
Currently there is no cure for genital herpes. The good news is that some drugs have been effective in reducing the duration and frequency of herpes outbreaks. The decision to use one treatment over another for genital herpes depends on many factors that must be discussed with your health care provider:
Have you had a previous outbreak?
The first episode of genital herpes is usually the worst and often has other symptoms like fever and fatigue. Recurrent outbreaks aren't usually as painful...
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sitz baths or wash the area with warm water 3 or 4
times a day. In between sitz baths, keep the sores clean and
Using a hair dryer to dry off the sores may be more
comfortable than using a towel.
Wear cotton underpants, which
absorb moisture better than those made from synthetic material.
Nonprescription medicines may reduce
the pain and fever from genital herpes.
To lower the risk of
recurrent outbreaks, reduce or avoid factors that trigger outbreaks, such as
overexposure to sun,
fatigue, irritation of the genital area, and
Finding out that you have genital herpes may cause you to
have negative thoughts or feelings about yourself or about sex, such as:
Feeling ashamed or
Being afraid of the consequences of the
Being angry at the person who infected
Feeling frustrated with treatment or recurrent
Feeling scared to have sex.
A counselor or support groups for people with herpes may be
helpful. For more information, see the Other Places to Get Help section of this
Genital herpes can be bothersome. But if you are a healthy
adult, you do not need to worry that it will cause serious problems.